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May 3, 2012

Former Mariner Grimes '11 Named to All-Armed Forces Team

KINGS POINT, N.Y. -- Former captain of the United States Merchant Marine Academy women's basketball team, Rebecca Grimes '11 (Fairfax, Va.) was named to the All-Armed Forces basketball team that represented the U.S. Armed Forces this spring at the 31st National women's Pro AM Championship in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

Grimes, who is currently serving as a member of the United States Coast Guard, recently won a gold medal as a member of the All-Navy team competing in the Armed Forces Sports Program (AFS).  She currently ranks third on the Kings Point all-time scoring list with 1,025 points; one of only four female Mariners to reach the 1,000 point plateau.

After defeating the All-Army team in the finals, Grimes recalls the awards ceremony where she was announced to the All-Armed Forces Team, "I was so excited when they called my name, because looking at the other players they selected; this was by far the best team I had ever been a part of.  We had players from D-I schools like Michigan State, Auburn, Naval Academy, Bellarmine, Campbell and more... and then there was me, D-III U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. That just proves yet again, that Kings Point is a really well-kept secret."

A two time team MVP in 2009-10 and 2010-11, Grimes also was twice named second team All-Landmark Conference.  "Becca was an outstanding player and team captain for us here at USMMA and it's nice to see her continued success," said Matt Dempsey Head Coach of women's basketball at the Merchant Marine Academy; who coached Grimes from 2008-2011.  "It is a tremendous honor to be recognized on the All-Armed Forces Team and she put in a lot of hard work to make it happen."

"I was used to being in a leadership role on the court from my time at Kings Point, being a two year captain, so I think that's what made me stand out to the coach.  Despite the fact that I was playing against primarily D-I players, I had confidence and wasn't going to back down," said Grimes of the transition to playing on the All-Navy team.  "I definitely wasn't the best, but I knew my role...to shoot the ball, three pointers were my bread and butter just like at the Academy.  Coach Dempsey and Coach Shields (assistant women's basketball coach at USMMA)...and my Dad used to yell at me for not shooting when I was open, and I definitely didn't forget that." 

The AFS serves under the direction of the Armed Forces Sports Council (AFSC), an executive agent of the DoD. The council is responsible for the overall management and operation of Armed Forces, National and International sports activities.  Its purpose is to promote goodwill among the Armed Services through sports, promote the positive image of the Armed Services through sports, provide the incentive and encourage physical fitness by promoting a highly competitive sports program, and provide the avenue for military athletes to participate in national and international competitions.

Grimes has her sights set on returning to the AFS in the future, "It was a great experience that I'm definitely going to try to do again next year. It's just one more thing that graduating from Kings Point gave me the opportunity to do."